Heather Dow was an outstanding goalie at the University of Virginia from 1978 to 1982. She was a member of the United States Women's Team from 1984 to 1990 and played for the United States World Cup teams in 1986 and 1989.
Dow also served as an assistant coach at James Madison, Old Dominion and Virginia and served as an assistant coach for the winning World Cup teams in 1993, 1997, 2001, and 2005. She was named the top goaltender on Lacrosse Magazine's All-Century team in 1999.
Dow served on the board of the Lacrosse Foundation and the United States Women's Lacrosse Association. She was inducted to the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 and at the time of induction resided in Ruckersville, Virginia.
Dow was inducted as "an outstanding player, who was also an outstanding coach or official, who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse through the years."